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Dr. Maurice Feldman Lecture

March 11, 2013 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Application of Behavioral Principles in Preventing Child Neglect by At-risk Parents


Maurice Feldman

Ph.D., C.Psych., BCBA-D
Professor and Director
Brock University Centre for Applied Disability Studies

Monday, March 11, 2013
FIFSW Room 548

March 7 update: This event is at capacity. If you woud like to attend but have not RSVPd, please give seating priority to those who have.


Child neglect harms more children than physical, sexual and emotional abuse combined. In this address, Prof. Feldman will describe an evidence-based behavioral assessment and intervention model for parents at risk for child neglect because of a lack of parenting skills.

This program is based solidly on behavioral principles and is emulated around the world. Prof. Feldman and colleagues have developed an innovative contextual-observational parent competence assessment model that identifies potential motivating and inhibiting variables that may support or impede successful parenting. Such variables include the parent’s learning history, parental mental health, ongoing stigmatization and discrimination, poverty and social support.

The assessment also includes direct observation of parenting skills in situ. The intervention model is derived from the assessment, and includes a focus on teaching parenting skills using evidence-based behavioral teaching strategies such as prompting, modeling, practice, performance feedback and positive reinforcement. Numerous peer-review papers have demonstrated the effectiveness of this parent education model in not only improving parenting skills of parents with learning difficulties, but also having beneficial impact on their children’s health and development.
Lunch Provided
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Dr. Feldman is a scientist-practitioner with expertise in behaviour disorders, autism, developmental disabilities, child maltreatment, and parenting. He is a leading expert in parenting by persons with learning difficulties, having designed and scientifically validated a parent education program emulated worldwide. Currently, he is co-Principal Investigator (with Frances Owen) of the 3R’s – Human Rights Training Project for Persons with intellectual disabilities. He has published extensively in peer-review journals and books, and has given numerous addresses and workshops.

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March 11, 2013
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm




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